Epilepsy Dos and Don'ts
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Epilepsy is a condition that affects people of all races and ages.
Epilepsy can be controlled by taking drugs.
What you should do.
- Take your medicine as prescribed by the doctor.
- Keep your medicine in a clean and hygienic environment.
- Remember to go back to the hospital to see your doctor taking the drugs.
- Report any side effects that you experience while taking the drugs.
What you should not do.
- Never take alcohol while on drugs.
- Do not forget to take your daily medication.
- Never share your drugs with others.
- Never stop taking your drugs without the permission of your Doctor.
- Anti-convulsants need to be taken every day to be effective.
- These drugs help to reduce the frequency of seizures and eventually control the seizures.
People with epilepsy can live a normal life.
- Children with epilepsy can go to school.
- Children with epilepsy can play with their agemates.
- People with epilepsy can attend community meetings.
- People with epilepsy can cultivate their gardens.
- People with epilepsy can keep domestic animals.
- People with epilepsy can be employed.
- People with epilepsy can marry and produce children.
Help epilepsy is not contagious.
- What can you do when a person gets a seizure?
- Remove objects that can hurt the person or remove the person away from those objects.
- Protect the head with your hands or any cushion within easy reach.
- Loosen any tight clothing like neck ties or belts.
- Turn the person to his side so that he does not choke.
- Stay with the person until he regains consciousness. Explain the person what happened.
- Refer the person to the nearest hospital for proper treatment.
What you should never do.
- Never give anything to drink.
- Do not fear or run away from the person because epilepsy is not contagious.
- When you assist a person with epilepsy you cannot get epilepsy your self.
- Do not refrain the movement of the legs and arms when the person is having a seizure because you can fracture them.
- Do not put anything between his teeth because you may injure his gum.
- Do not attempt to lift the person unless he is in danger of getting burnt, drowning or being killed by oncoming traffic.
For further information please contact the nearest hospital. Epilepsy support groups now exist at the following health units. Arua, Masindi, Kasana, Jinja, Buwenge, Butabika, Bugembe, Mbarara, Ibanda, Rubindi, Itojo, Mushanga Kalaki, Kabala Etc.
TRUE/FALSE QUESTIONS ABOUT EPILEPSY
- Epilepsy is a disease of muscles.
- People with epilepsy are always born with it.
- In an ‘absence seizure’ the person may look like he/she is day dreaming
- Animals can also suffer epilepsy
- Ant’ epileptic cures epilepsy.
- Children with epilepsy should be discouraged from climbing trees.
- If a person with has not has a seizure for a long time, then it is okay to stop taking the medicine.
- A convulsion is when the muscles of the body move out of control.
- The ‘Grand mal’ type of epilepsy is known as a tonic-clonic seizure.
- Children with epilepsy should not go to school if they are known to suffer seizures during day time.
- A single seizure during a person’s life is not epilepsy.
- During a seizure, it is good idea to put something between the teeth.
- A seizure occurs when part of the brain stops working for a short time.
- A febrile convulsion occurs during high fever and can lead to epilepsy.
- Epilepsy is infectious.
- Epilepsy is only found in poor communities.
- Anti-epileptic drugs can reduce the effectively of the birth control pill.
- Children with epilepsy will always be slow learner.
- A person with epilepsy should feel to marry and have children.
- Napoleon, military leader and Emperor of France had epilepsy during his life.
T=True F=False DK= Do not know
OR write to
Epilepsy Support Association
Plot 3 Ntinda 2 Road,
P.O Box 16260, Wandegeya Kampala
Tel: 0772 450 383